Who would you call out for help when you’re trapped in a foreign land? What should be the things you need to do to survive and hope for a better day? Would you trust God?
Find out on this so touching story of Mr. Aveve Luzon, RN
I am Aveve Luzon, a registered nurse from Zamboanga City, Philippines. I am currently engaged with a beautiful lady sent by God to complete my incomplete life. I’m the youngest of the 3 siblings. I have one elder brother and one elder sister. We’re not a rich family.
Both my parents started from scratch because they were both working students before so they were able to finish their studies. I graduated Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Ateneo de Zamboanga University. I worked as a nurse in our province for 5 years before I went abroad. I have one simple dream in life. That is to help my family financially and to become a successful businessman someday.
Actually, I have a lot of experiences in life but for this article’s sake, I’d like to focus on my experiences as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) particularly on my turning point where I met the Lord of my life.
Let me start it this way;
First Month In Kish
When I arrived in United Arab Emirates with a tourist visa, I thought that I could find a job and would easily help my family particularly financially. But I never imagined how difficult life in abroad could be. After 3 weeks of applying in Abu Dhabi, UAE, I was able to find a company and promised me that they would provide a working visa after a month. I exited UAE and stayed in Kish Island, Iran while waiting for my working visa. But the one month period has already passed when my employer informed me that my visa was denied because the scanned documents were not clear. It affected me not only financially but also emotionally and spiritually especially when I saw a lot of fellow Filipinos who were able to come back to UAE with a working visa. I felt so frustrated.
Second Month In Kish
Knowing that I’m running out or money, I looked for fellow Filipinos in Kish that could help me lessen my expenses for food and find leisure in any way. There were times that I would just eat one meal a day to save money in order to pay for my hotel accommodation. My father would also get angry at me because it was not part of his expectation that’s why I decided to not communicate with my parents for some time. I instead diverted my attention to my goals. I waited for another 1 month only to find out that my visa was again denied. My employer didn’t even bother to inform me about my visa status. Though I’m losing hope each passing day, I still held on to my employer’s assurance that I need not worry because they would definitely process my visa since they already spent a certain amount for its processing.
It was also during my second month in Kish when my girlfriend (now my fiancée) brought me a daily gospel book for me to read every day while waiting for my working visa. She also showed me a picture of Jesus that when I close my eyes I could still see his face and this made me realized that I am not alone in my struggles and that He is watching me all the way. It gave me a sense of hope and faith to pursue my plans and purpose here abroad.
Third Month In Kish
Meanwhile, on my 75th day in Kish Island, I was brought to the police authorities and they told me that if I stay more than 3 months, they will deport me back to the Philippines.
Days went on and passed by, I still found myself inside the room praying and waiting for my working visa to be released. Though I found hope in and with God, my human nature still persisted. I began to worry and doubt again. Unfortunately, there was no update from my employer about my visa status. What we did was to apply for a tourist visa instead. So we applied.
I thought, this time, the situation may be better. As much as I wanted the situation to be as smooth as it should be, at exactly on my 80th day at Kish, the travel agency informed me that they had difficulty releasing the tourist visa and said that it was already 5 days and that there was no chance my visa will be released. It’s like the world is falling down on me that time. I didn’t give up even if the agency told me that there was no chance at all. I prayed to God and believed in His plans for me. I am likewise willing and ready to accept whatever His plans for me in Kish.
Miracles Do Happen
And right after my prayer time, unexpectedly my tourist visa was released at 7pm the evening. It’s a kind of miracle because usually, visa processing would close at 5pm. Indeed, God saved me that time. His plans prevailed.
When I came back to UAE after my 84 days in Kish, I took the HAAD exam and passed. At that time, a lot of companies were trying to contact me waiting for my decision to sign their offer letters. Currently, I’m working as a home care nurse in Abu Dhabi for more than 2 years now.
I’m Now Serving The Lord
And because of my life’s turning point, I sought God and looked for a community that will help me grow my faith and love and strengthen my relationship with God. I then became a committed member of Ang Lingkod ng Panginoon – Abu Dhabi Chapter where my fiancée also serves. I’m serving at the Music Ministry and the Intercessory Prayer Team (IPT). This is the same community where I was invited years ago but I always declined. If I could just turn back time, I would be the first one to volunteer myself to serve God through Lingkod. Now, I have a strong relationship with God and every time I’m down, I always find support from my brothers and sisters in the community.
I have also fulfilled part of my goals. My mother dreamed of having a business of her own in Manila and I helped her invest and paid some expenses in her new business. At the same time, we are busy planning and preparing for our wedding which will happen soon.
Indeed, struggles are always present in our lives but we can handle it well if we believe and have faith in God. Whatever plans you have now, surrender them to Him because at the end of the day, His plans prevail as he said in Proverbs 16:9 – “A person plans his course but the Lord directs his steps.”
God bless you!
Praying for you with faith and hope,
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